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 Recording of the Week, Exploring chromodality with Hafez Modirzadeh's 'Facets'

by Josh Lee

Saxophonist Hafez Modirzadeh's latest exploration into microtonal tuning systems proves to be both a fascinating look into his unique compositional approach, and a highly personal homage to his Persian ancestry.

 New Release Round-up, Jazz New Release Round-Up - 7th May 2021

by Josh Lee

GoGo Penguin remixes, James Brandon Lewis and the latest volume from the Matchbox Bluesmaster Series are amongst our picks for new jazz releases this week.

 Announcement, Presto Music Mobile App available now

by Chris O'Reilly

We’re so excited to announce that the Presto Music app is live for both iPhone and Android!

 Recording of the Week, Charles Lloyd & The Marvels bridge blues and jazz on 'Tone Poem'

by Josh Lee

Saxophonist Charles Lloyd takes on Monk and Coleman via bluesy Americana with his quintet The Marvels, featuring Bill Frisell.

 New Release Round-up, New and Upcoming Jazz Vinyl - 30th April 2021

by Josh Lee

Recent and upcoming additions to the Presto Jazz vinyl catalogue include this year's best ECM recordings, a reissued recording from Avishai Cohen featuring a young Shai Maestro, and low-down jazz-funk from Snarky Puppy guitarist Mark Lettieri.

 Recording of the Week, Gretchen Parlato balances motherhood and music on 'Flor'

by Josh Lee

After a short hiatus, vocalist Gretchen Parlato returns with her first studio recording in five years, with an album that reflects both on her own past and her newfound motherhood.

 New Release Round-up, Jazz New Release Round-Up - 23rd April 2021

by Josh Lee

Our latest picks for jazz new releases include a triple-bill of ECM recordings, American Songbook tunes from Lilly-Ann Hertzman and piano/vocal duets on Edition Records, among others.

 Classic Album Review, Ellington, Mingus & Roach - Money Jungle

by Matt Groom

One of the most exciting trio recordings in jazz, Duke Ellington, Charles Mingus and Max Roach's Money Jungle is the sound of three super-sized egos thrashing out their differences in the studio.

 Recording of the Week, Hedvig Mollestad Trio offer raw, fuzzed-up jazz on 'Ding Dong. You're Dead.'

by Josh Lee

After her solo debut last year, Norwegian guitarist Hedvig Mollestad returns to her tried-and-true trio for another explosive release.

 New Release Round-up, Jazz New Release Round-Up - 16th April 2021

by Josh Lee

Recent picks from our jazz catalogue include Avishai Cohen with the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, a quartet led by Evan Parker, and soul-jazz fronted by pianist Jon Batiste.

 Presto Music Podcast, Episode 15: Clarinet Chronicles with Julian Bliss

by Paul Thomas

The Presto Music Podcast dips its toe into the world of jazz as clarinettist Julian Bliss charts the history of the instrument since the late eighteenth century.

 Recording of the Week, Dr. Lonnie Smith's explosive birthday concert, 'Breathe'

by Josh Lee

The Hammond B3 master's latest mostly-live record is an unashamedly fun listen, with a novel addition to the proceedings in the form of an Iggy Pop collaboration.

 New Release Round-up, Jazz New Release Round-Up - 8th April 2021

by Josh Lee

Gretchen Parlato's 'comeback' record, a couple of excellent solo piano albums and jazz renditions of Ennio Morricone are among our picks for this week's new release round-up.

 Recording of the Week, Jihye Lee crafts autobiographical large-ensemble jazz on 'Daring Mind'

by Josh Lee

The Seoul-born New York resident makes a confident return on her fittingly titled sophomore release. Jihye Lee's sharp ear for arrangement, melody and dynamics make for an endlessly entertaining listen.

 New Release Round-up, Jazz New Release Round-Up - 1st April 2021

by Josh Lee

This week's new release picks include the latest from Norwegian guitarist Hedvig Mollestad, a celebration of the music of Bill Evans, and Afro-Peruvian inspired music played with a modern jazz quintet.

 Interview, Logan Richardson on his new album 'Afrofuturism' and working with labels

by Josh Lee

We sat down with saxophonist and producer Logan Richardson, to talk about the creative process for his new album Afrofuturism, working with Whirlwind Recordings and his big plans for 2021.

 Classic Album Review, Get inside the swing on Oscar Peterson's 'Night Train'

by Josh Lee

Canadian pianist Oscar Peterson's most well-regarded album sees him showcasing his bebop chops while paying homage to his beginnings as the 'King Inside of Swing'.

 Recording of the Week, Shez Raja - Tales from the Punjab

by Matt Groom

Master bassist Shez Raja travels to the Indian sub-continent to rediscover his roots and engineer a brilliant meeting between eastern and western schools of improvisation.

 Recording of the Week, Veronica Swift highlights the ills of society on 'This Bitter Earth'

by Josh Lee

Vocalist Veronica Swift's second record with Mack Avenue tackles some much wider-spread themes such as sexism, racism and misinformation on her excellent follow-up to 2019's Confessions.

 New Release Round-up, Jazz New Release Round-Up - 18th March 2021

by Josh Lee

Futuristic jazz-hop, improvised electroacoustic music and classical guitar works composed by Pat Metheny are among our favourite recent releases in this week's round-up.